Top Benefits of Bananas


Before we start on the Top Benefits of Bananas, it is interesting to note that technically the banana plant is regarded as a herb and not a tree, because the stem does not contain true woody tissue.

The banana itself, however is undoubtedly a fruit,  and when commercially grown are sterile plants with the seeds reduced to little specks.

When grown wild the seeds are very visible.


Why Should you eat a Banana a day?

Bananas are rich in vitamins A,B and C and are rich in minerals especially potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, as well as Tryptophan.   They are also a very good source of dietary fiber.


Why is the Potassium in Bananas so Good for You?

A normal size banana can contain a massive 360mg of Potassium which is one of the most important electrolytes in the body as it controls the fluid balance, regulates heart function, protects against heart disease, strengthens the arterial walls, stabilizes blood pressure and protects the body from tension.

Potassium and magnesium are important electrolytes which will reduce your risk of cramping (sudden and involuntary muscle spasms).

A perfect fruit to use regularly in your diet if you are a long distance runner or cyclist.

There are many foods which are rich in potassium and if you include delicious oranges and tasty avocado pears, along with your banana what a tasty trio for giving you the potassium your body required, with no cooking and no fuss.


Bananas to Help with a good Night's Sleep

Little bit of technical "stuff" first.

Bananas contain Tryptophan which is converted into a hormone called Serotonin.  The body does not produce this hormone it must be obtained from our diet.

Serotonin is fondly known as the "happy hormone" because it brings on feelings of calm and relaxation, a feeling of well being and sleepiness which all helps for depression, anxiety and not battling to sleep.


Other foods that contain Tryptophan:

  • Pineapples
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Salmon
  • Nuts
  • Turkey



Bananas and Constipation

Bananas have a high fiber content which promotes and normalizes regular bowel movements, soothes stomach ulcers and gives that energy boost we so often need.

And not to be distasteful, but the old folks used to say that when you go to the loo and it does'nt slide out like a banana, then you are either constipated or you have diarrhea.

Important Note:

If you have an ileostomy bag, the specialists on the correct diet for this condition all advise that you rather don't eat bananas as it can cause a blockage.



Banana Peel for Skin Issues

Don't discard the banana peel, it is incredibly good for skin issues!

ACNE

The nutrients contained in the banana peel, namely Vitamin C and E and the potassium, zinc, iron and manganese can help calm inflamed skin and reduce acne outbreaks.

All you have to do is rub the banana peel over your skin and leave for 5 to 10 minutes.  Rinse your skin and repeat twice daily.


ITCHY SKIN

Banana Peels contain histamine lowering nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin E, which will help to relieve itching from itchy skin including mosquito bites.

Once again, all you have to do is apply the skin to the affected area and leave it on for 10 minutes.  Remove and repeat to additional areas.



Banana Peel for Facial Wrinkles

The antioxidants and vitamin C in bananas can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Rub the peel of the banana over your skin and leave for 30 minutes, or even overnight.   Wash your face, moisturize and repeat 3 time a week.


Banana Peel for Cleaning Silver

The inside of a banana peel contains substances such as potassium that help clean metal object.   So when your silver begins to lose it's luster or begins to tarnish.

So, all you have to do is place the banana peels in a blender, slowly add ½ cup of water and mix until it becomes a paste. R

Rub your silver with the paste for a few minutes and buff with a dry cloth.











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Fresh Banana Energy Boost for 1.

Mash a ripe banana.

Dribble with a little honey, sprinkle with cinnamon and add a dessertspoon each of chopped almonds, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds and mix well.

Add a spoonful or two of plain yoghurt.

Drink and wait for the boost!

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